The road to better health may sometimes involve an extra expense here and there, but you should be careful about wasting money on diet ideas with promises that are more based on myth than fact.
Identified below are four diet strategies that may be ineffective and financially expensive.
Vitamins and Supplements
Americans spend more than $25 billion on vitamins and supplements every year. But is that money well spent? Scientists disagree about the efficacy of many supplements, including multi-vitamins. And because they’re not regulated by the FDA, supplements often promise more than they can deliver and may even be harmful to your health.¹ Some supplements may be of some use to some people, but determining the right supplement for your age, gender, and personal health status is best left to you and your physician.
The growth of gluten-free products has been explosive. And, in many cases, consumers are paying a higher premium for them. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, and is more beneficial than detrimental. Gluten is harmful to individuals with celiac disease and can cause gastrointestinal discomfort in individuals with a gluten sensitivity.
However, there is no evidence to suggest that a gluten-free diet helps with other health issues or losing weight. Unless you are one of the minority of Americans who truly needs to avoid gluten, you may be wasting money on gluten-free products.
If you’re considering a diet, you should consult your physician to determine the best approach for you.
- Today.com, March 24, 2017
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